** RETRO Format Overview **

Sort of like Reverse Modern. Special to ATXMTG.net. In development.

** RETRO Format Overview **

Postby eldashgato » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:33 am

Last updated Feb. 10, 2013

The idea behind a "Retro" or "Reverse Modern" format is pretty straightforward: Rather than defining a format based on sets featuring the new card frame (i.e., Modern), we can define a format based on sets with the old card frame (Retro). Retro as an unofficial, casual format has been suggested by MattH, who credits the basic idea in some form or another to others. Whatever its origin, as a casual format Retro is intriguing and ripe with possibilities.


Deck construction proceeds as normal: Decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards, with no maximum deck size. If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it must contain exactly fifteen cards.

With the exception of basic land cards, a player’s combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent. All cards named Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest are basic. (The five Ice Age block snow-covered lands -- Snow-Covered Plains, Snow-Covered Island, Snow-Covered Swamp, Snow-Covered Mountain, and Snow-Covered Forest -- are also basic lands, and are legal in the Retro format.)

To prevent power creep and keep the format interactive, Retro begins with Fourth Edition rather than Alpha or Revised. This means powerful cards such as Sol Ring, Demonic Tutor, Wheel of Fortune, etc. are not allowed, and it also means none of the original dual lands (Tundra, Bayou, etc.) are allowed. The reasoning behind this is, the format is more interesting without Onslaught fetchlands (Polluted Delta, Wooded Foothills, etc.) interacting with original dual lands. The following card sets are permitted in Retro:

  • Fourth Edition
  • Fifth Edition
  • Sixth Edition
  • Seventh Edition
  • Portal
  • Portal Second Age
  • Portal Three Kingdoms
  • Starter 1999
  • Starter 2000
  • Arabian Nights
  • Antiquities
  • Legends
  • The Dark
  • Fallen Empires
  • Ice Age
  • Homelands
  • Alliances
  • Mirage
  • Visions
  • Weatherlight
  • Tempest
  • Stronghold
  • Exodus
  • Urza's Saga
  • Urza's Legacy
  • Urza's Destiny
  • Mercadian Masques
  • Nemesis
  • Prophecy
  • Invasion
  • Planeshift
  • Apocalypse
  • Odyssey
  • Torment
  • Judgment
  • Onslaught
  • Legions
  • Scourge

Cards that appeared in reprint/compilation sets such as Chronicles, Renaissance, Anthologies, and so on are also legal.

Cards that appear in newer sets but were reprinted as judge foils with old frames (such as Noble Hierarch and Sword of Fire and Ice) are not considered Retro-legal. On the other hand, Modern frame reprints of Retro-legal cards are considered Retro-legal.


The following cards are banned in Retro:

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